Burn Ban in Effect on July 15, 2013
Effective 12:01 a.m., July 15, 2013, Cowlitz County, in cooperation with emergency service officials from Clark, and other counties will be enacting restrictions on all outdoor burning. On July 15th, all land clearing, residential and silvicultural burning will be restricted until further notice. The Cowlitz County Fire Marshal is rescinding all burn permits issued prior to the burn ban; they can be reissued or extended when the ban is lifted. As a reminder, another ban issued by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), began on July 1, 2013 for all DNR-protected lands, through September 30, 2013. This applies to all forestlands in Washington under DNR fire protection, except for federally owned lands. These burning restrictions do not extend to federally-managed lands though similar restrictions may be in place there.
In an effort to have predictable and consistent burn ban dates, Cowlitz and Clark counties implemented a policy to ban outdoor burning from July 15th through Sept. 30th each year. However, in extreme fire hazard conditions, the ban can be extended to begin sooner or end later. “Please contact the Cowlitz County Fire Marshal’s Office to be sure the ban has been lifted before resuming any burning after September 30,” said Cowlitz County Building Official Charlie Duncan.
Recreational campfires are allowed if built in improved fire pits in designated campgrounds, such as those typically found in local, county, and state parks and in commercial campgrounds. On private land, campfires are permitted with the landowner’s permission if built in the following approved manner:
· In a metal, stone or masonry lined fire pit such as those seen in approved campgrounds.
· They may not exceed three-feet in diameter,
· They must have an area at least ten-feet around them cleared of all flammable material and at least 25-feet of clearance from structures, standing timber and overhead fuels.
· Campfires must be attended at all times by a responsible person at least 16-years old with the ability and tools to extinguish the fire, such as a shovel and either five gallons of water or a connected and charged water hose.
Please remember to completely extinguish campfires by pouring water or moist soil in them and stirring with a shovel until all parts are cool to the touch. The use of self-contained camp stoves is encouraged as an alternative.
For more information, please contact the Cowlitz County Fire Marshal’s Office at (360) 577-3052 or visit the County’s website at www.co.cowlitz.wa.us .